The science behind paranormal investigations
Carole Meekins reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Setting up for a paranormal investigation is a lengthy process, involving lots of fancy equipment to measure changes in the environment.
Noah Leigh is the founder of the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. He explains, "We have data-loggers here. This one measures temperature and humidity and barometric pressure.'
Noah says it's all about science. "I'm a scientist myself, and we use a lot of different equipment to actually try and debunk a lot of the claims that we come across."
The group investigates claims of paranormal activity in private homes and businesses. There's also many books about Wisconsin's haunted past.
"There's a lot of old buildings that have stayed, stayed the test of time," Noah explains.
On this particular night Noah and his team are getting ready to investigate Milwaukee's Riverside Theater. This is their fourth visit to the theater. Each time they learn something new.
"On a previous investigation that we've done here we actually captured the voice of a female," Noah says.
Susan Scot Fry runs haunted tours at the theater, and shares the results of Noah's investigations.
"There's so many stories at the Riverside, we can't tell them all in a 90-minute tour," she explains.
Many theater workers claim they've experienced paranormal activity firsthand. Art director Jason Gierl says, "I've had too many experiences not to believe."
So the investigators are putting those claims to the test. In part two of this story we follow the team on their investigation, and you may be surprised to see what they find!